‘Wolf Hall’ author Hilary Mantel dies at age 70


Hilary Mantel, the two-time Booker Prize-winning British novelist best known for the books “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” has passed away. She was 70.

Her death, believed to have been sudden, was confirmed Friday afternoon local time by her publishers 4th Estate Books and HarperCollins UK.

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In an identical statement on social media, 4th Estate Books and HarperCollins wrote: “We are heartbroken at the death of our beloved author, Dame Hilary Mantel, and our thoughts are with her friends and family, especially her husband, Gerald. This is a devastating loss and we can only be grateful that she left us such a beautiful body of work.”

Mantel is one of the UK’s most celebrated authors. Though she wrote more than a dozen books, over the past 15 years she has mainly gained international acclaim for her groundbreaking Tudor drama “Wolf Hall” – which was turned into an award-winning TNZT drama, directed by Peter Kosminsky and starring Mark Rylance. and Damian Lewis – and its sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, both of which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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According to HarperCollins UK, Mantel is the first British author and the first woman to win two Booker Prizes. Mantel is also the only writer to have won with two consecutive novels.

A cause of death has not yet been shared, although Mantel has been active in recent months, even participating in a ‘questionnaire’ interview with London’s TNZT, published on Sept. 10. Asked what trait she finds “most annoying” in others, the author joked, “Toryism.”

When asked about her condition, Mantel – who is said to have suffered from endometriosis for a long time – replied: ‘When I was little, an unkind doctor called me ‘Little Miss Neverwell’. Now I am Great Dame Neverwell. My health is unpredictable and a daily source of tension. But I’m always looking to improve.”

Mantel was born in North Derbyshire in 1952 and attended a convent school in Cheshire. She attended the London School of Economics and Sheffield University, where she studied law.

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After graduating from college, Mantel spent a stint as a social worker in a geriatric hospital – experiences that inspired her novels “Every Day is Mother’s Day” and “Vacant Possession”.

In 1977 Mantel and her husband Gerald McEwen moved to Botswana and in 1982 to Saudi Arabia. The writer’s third novel, “Eight Months on Ghazzah Street,” is set in Jeddah.

Mantel returned to the UK in 1986 and worked for a time as a film critic for The Spectator. Her novel, ‘Fludd’, won a number of British awards, while her fifth novel, ‘A Place of Greater Safety’, won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.

However, Mantel became a worldwide sensation with ‘Wolf Hall’, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. The book, which is based on Mantel’s extensive, years-long research into the Tudor period, is a fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell and his rise to Henry VIII’s court. In the 2015 TNZT drama, Rylance played Cromwell while Lewis played Henry VIII. The BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated show, which aired in the US on PBS’s “Masterpiece”, was also the breakthrough for “The Crown” star Claire Foy, who played Anne Boleyn.

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The “Wolf Hall” sequel “Bring Up the Bodies” won the 2012 Man Booker Prize, while the writer’s most recent effort and the trilogy’s conclusion, “The Mirror and the Light,” was long-listed for the Man booker.

Mantel was appointed commander of the British Empire in 2006 and a lady in 2014. She is survived by her husband for most of 50 years, McEwen. The couple married in 1972 and divorced for several years, but remarried.

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